Pulling the Weeds


pulling the weedsAll spring, I have been tweaking our flower beds and pulling the weeds. I have many many flower beds, and I have been working over the last 13 years of living here to make them easy to maintain. Hundreds of bags of mulch, oodles of annuals, and hundreds of hours put into the flower beds have FINALLY made them beautiful!

Except for one.

Each year, I hate working on this one flower bed. It sits overtop our septic tank, and embedded in the middle is the access to the septic. It is an eyesore in my yard no matter how much time is spent on it. Last year, I purchased perennials in hopes that it would flourish and look beautiful.

This spring, it was the same ol’ same ol’… A hot mess.

I planted strawberries (my fave) last year and hoped to find enough for a strawberry shortcake dessert this year ,but nothing. Those sweet, delectable morsels were strangled by all the weeds, and they couldn’t grow.

While weeding the flower bed from some awful weeds and hoping to let my strawberries breathe, I got in my head a bit.

What a shame it is that these weeds are choking my strawberries and all of the beautiful perennials in this flower bed. Then, BOOM, I wonder what is choking me and keeping me from growing?

Perhaps fear is keeping me from trying something new, or maybe guilt is keeping me from moving forward in a relationship. Maybe it is my selfishness that is keeping me from opening up to people and accepting help… or maybe it’s my pride. So many weeds in my own life. Weeds that want to cripple me from being the best version of me that I can be.

I was no longer thinking of the plants’ growth on the flower bed being stunted by the weeds but rather my own life what is stunting my growth.

I want to bloom without hindrance to the very things that get close to me and then prevent me from growing.

I want to come back each year stronger and more resilient than the prior year. So, I need to pick the weeds and keep my eye on them so they don’t become big. I need to pull them as soon as my eye can see the new growth.

Pulling the weeds will result in a better you!

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Cheryl Brackemyre
I am a Buckeye by birth, but LOVE Louisville. We have cheered for those Louisville Cardinals for a few years when my stepdaughter played basketball in Louisville and fell in love with the city! I live in Ohio with my husband Tony. Together we have 6 kids, Joe, and his wife Allison, Austin, and his wife Hannah, Sydney and her husband Hayden, Andrew and his wife Lauren and our littles, Max and Eli. Did I mention we are a little nuts starting over with this parenting thing when we are 45+? We are officially a Tiki and Jeep (our version of Grandma and Grandpa) since May of 2022 and have 2 grandsons with a 3rd on the. My husband and I are both ministers, and we get to work together in a local church. We were both married before and brought our families together in 2010. After a few years of marriage, we felt God's leading for us to adopt. We added Max to our family in 2014 and Eli joined us in 2017, our quiver is officially full! Blending our family has been an adventure! Add some ex-spouses and two birth mommas and we have ourselves a crazy crew! Coffee is my love language. The beach is my happy place and I long to have my toes in the sand.


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